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The Oscars were a bore. But the Hollywood Reporter app saved me!

Did you watch the Oscars? I didn't.

It’s awards season.

And during this season, we’re constantly bombarded by awards shows with celebrities basking in the global adulation of peers, critics and fans.

The Academy Awards, Emmy Awards, Grammys, Golden Globes, and the Spirit Awards, are all opportunities for we little folks to ogle while the industry pays homage to the stars of the silver screen.

But how many of these shows can you really watch, before they all simply blend together and your eyes bleed?

If you’re like me, you lack the patience (or interest) for these orchestrated marathons of self-love.

You try to watch, and halfway through, they’ve got paddles to your chest trying to revive you.

But you don’t want to be the one dude at the water cooler not in the know.

Hey Stephen, did you see the Oscars?

Naw, I was, uh, man-scaping.

Man-scaping?

Nevermind.

That won’t work.

So I was very happy to come across the Hollywood Reporter Race to the Oscars app.

THR Race app that lets you track all the nominations from the convenience of your iPhone.

THR Race app links directly to The Race Blog.

So instead of sitting through 3 hours of speeches, skits and more (acceptance) speeches, I was able to periodically check in, and see who had won what.

When I downloaded the app, a few days ago, I was able to follow the THR blog and check out the nominees for the various categories.

THR's Race to the Oscars app breaks out all the categories for ya.

Each category listing included a review, trailer, news feed, the different areas in which the film was nominated and the pedigree information for each film (written by, directed by, cast, crew, etc.).

Twitter was going bonkers last night. Love all the banter between celebrities!

THR app also includes an ‘Event’ feature that let me follow the real time tweet stream from the Oscars, and get folks’ reactions to everything from Angelina Jolie’s scandalous slit in her skirt to the ‘Scorcese!’ drinking game.

People were upset that Meryl won over Viola, but somebody's got to win!

The app was so tight, that I almost felt like I actually watched the whole friggin’ thing, without losing three hours of my life glued to the tube like a zombie!

THR The Race app was designed by Fuzz Productions – who I’m going to see today – so checking out the app was more homework than anything else.

Fuzz is an interactive agency out of Brooklyn –BK in the house! – which develops web, mobile and social media apps for their clients.

Fuzz has produced innovative solutions for the likes of Jay Z, Satchi & Satchi and Sotheby’s, so I wasn’t surprised by how well the app functioned.

My brown-nosing is just shameless!

But, truth be told, I was impressed.

Now, in my opinion, this app is really only useful once a year.

But maybe the Hollywood Reporter will drop an ‘awards season’ app, that will let you follow all the awards shows, and not just the Oscars.

Anyway, if you wanted an easy way to find out who won what this year (and you don’t want to wait for recaps on TV), get the app (it’s free) and you can check them out all in one place.

You can thank me later.

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Is NJ the Future of Boxing?

Note: For those of you unfamiliar with the fight game, you can stop reading now, and rejoin me next time. I’m about to go a lil’ deeper into boxing than you may care about. There’s also this space-time continuum thing as I flip back and forth between two events involving the same people, so stick with me if you can.

Yesterday, I attended the press conference at Global Boxing Gym, for the upcoming Tomasz Adamek versus Michael Grant fight, taking place Saturday, August 21 at the Prudential Center, when I ran into NABF title holder, Maureen Shea.

I had originally met the female boxer from the Bronx at another Global Boxing press conference a few weeks prior. At that time, she told me that she had an upcoming fight in Saratoga Springs, NY.

I joked that if she was really a boxer she needed to (and I quote) “knock a b*tch out” for me.

FYI. Maureen stopped Liliana Martinez at 1:18 in the 3rd with a vicious left hook to the body. Go Moe!

Maureen was one of the many people I met at Main Event‘s press conference announcing the (then) upcoming fight between Zab Judah and Jose Armanda Santa Cruz.

I was the guest of Michael Havaien, Global Boxing’s President and resident speed and agility trainer.

As I sat back, listening to Kathy Duva announce the various boxers, trainers and managers on the dais, I was amazed that boxing had so firmly taken root in New Jersey – in my backyard, and I (like most of us) had been totally unaware.

You (like me) probably have never heard of Global Boxing and don’t know who Maureen Shea is.

To be honest, when it comes to female boxing, all I know is Laila Ali.

But I have three words for you: Million Dollar Baby.

Yes. The Academy award winning film featuring Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman and Hilary Swank.

Apparently, Maureen was Hillary Swank’s trainer for the movie, and she converted the actress into a believable boxer in a few months (which is why most people call her ‘The Real Million Dollar Baby’ – but I digress).

Anyway, in addition to being a guest at the press conference, Maureen also (kinda) trains at Global Boxing, and we talked about the work she was putting in for her (then) upcoming title bout.

As we talked, I learned that she had also filmed an episode of MTV’s Made, where she took a high school ballet dancer and made her tough.

She is also an on-air jock, providing fight commentary on Breathe Boxing Radio.

Considering everything I heard, I was amazed that I had never heard of her.

But I learned quite a few things that day.

For example, Global Boxing (as quite is kept) is becoming a force to be reckoned with.

What didn’t exist over six months ago, is now one of the largest professional boxing and mixed martial arts training facilities in the tri-state area.

Global Boxing’s founder, Mariusz Kolodziej (‘MK’ to his boxing friends) is positioning himself as the premier matchmaker, generating both main events and undercards for his fighters.

At yesterday’s pre-fight conference, I was impressed a the throngs of people packing the room, and Maureen’s quiet acceptance of her new title holder status.

As we talked about Brand Shea (sounds good right? I just made that up) and her plans for the future, she was repeatedly asked to sign autographs or take pictures with fans.

Women, who approached her, complimented her looks. She was rocking a dress by Bebe and a set of pink heels by Sergio Rossi.

And the fellas (and fellow fighters), offered their congratulations.

By the time I left, I vowed to do two things: 1. Get up on my boxing; and 2. let the world know that NJ is about to become the new boxing mecca.

I’d suggest you stay tuned, and see what else comes out of Global Boxing and Maureen Shea.

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